Martha Rosler quotes

  • Take the Money and Run? Can Political and Socio-Critical Art ‘Survive’?
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Running #Art #Political

  • So much of my work involved the Vietnam War that it would have been obscene to show it in a gallery. But now, it’s different; it’s important to remember and to enable the young to discover what to some of us is still so present.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #War #Important #Different

  • I was concerned with something like the notion of 'language speaking the subject,' and with the transformation of the woman herself into a sign in a system of signs that represent a system of food production, a system of harnessed subjectivity.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Subjectivity #Transformation #Language

  • Photography [can] be seen as a system of representation that you bring to bear on other systems.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Photography #Bears #Representation

  • Any familiarity with photographic history shows that manipulation is integral to photography.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Photography #Manipulation #Shows

  • Documentary is a little like horror movies, putting a face on fear and transforming threat into fantasy, into imagery. One can handle imagery by leaving it behind. (It is them, not us.)
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Leaving #Littles #Faces

  • How useful are documentary photographs if there is no follow up, no way of knowing what happened next in the story?
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Knowing #Stories #Way

  • The question at hand is the danger posed to truth by computer-manipulated photographic imagery. How do we approach this question in a period in which the veracity of even the straight, unmanipulated photograph has been under attack for a couple of decades.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Couple #Hands #Computer

  • Are we asserting the easy dominion of our civilization over all times and all places, as signs that we casually absorb as a form of loot?
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Civilization #Dominion #Easy

  • The exposé, the compassion and outrage, of documentary fueled by the dedication to reform has shaded over into combinations of exoticism, tourism, voyeurism, psychologism and metaphysics, trophy hunting - and careerism.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Compassion #Dedication #Hunting

  • Just going out on a foray to assemble a collection of street trophies about this or that running social sore can't be effective - and never was.
    -- Martha Rosler

    #Running #Going Out #Trophies